• 30 Aug 2010 /  General Blogging 5 Comments

    Hey everyone,

    Thanks for all the comments, we all appreciate hearing from you back home.

    Everything is starting to build up to the performance on Wednesday night. The ceremony will be broadcast live on AXESS (a Swedish channel) at 18h00. Here is their online TV guide:

    It's official - Live national coverage

    It's official - Live national coverage

    Footage of the performance will also be shown on an upcoming Top Billing episode. I will keep you posted on when it will air.

    Today was spent rehearsing and going through the running order of the ceremony. They have worked out every last detail, and it took most of the day to got through all the logistics.

    In the evening, we had the official welcome dinner where each group performed one song.

    amaAmbush Abantwana in action

    Rehearsing for the concert that evening

    amaAmbush Abantwana were on form, delivering a flawless performance. We watched some Indian dance, a Vietnam piece and some great Samba music from Brazil. At the end of the evening, everyone jumped onto the marimbas and the group taught them how to play ‘In The Jungle’. After a few minutes, the whole room was singing, dancing, drumming and playing marimbas. The groups from the other countries joined in with their instruments.

    We then all played Shakira’s Waka Waka (the official 2010 soccer theme song). The room went crazy and everyone had a great time. Well done to the group, they were good ambassadors for our country.

    Tomorrow we are going to the town hall to do a run through then a full dress rehearsal. They leave nothing to chance!

    I will keep you posted.


    Posted by amaAmbush @ 11:09 pm

5 Responses

  • Chris Paulsen Says:

    Hi Everyone and Cait

    Sounds like you are all having a wonderful a time and I’m sure a fantastic experience. Exciting to hear that you are interacting with participants from other countries and learning so much about others and their respective cultures. Tremendous to hear that you are the perfect ambassadors. Just want to wish you success for Wed night and do make us proud. Good luck!

  • chelsea Says:

    Hi All,

    Just a quick note to say good luck for your perfomance tommorow and hope that you will have the best time ever. I know you will do your best and you will enjoy being part of such an important cause. ENJOY…. lOTS OF LOVE

  • Greg Says:

    Hi Ross & Team
    Great to see you all having such a good time. It’s amazing to see how music crosses all cultures, and how audience friendly the marimbas are.

    Well done to you all. Keep the South African spirit flowing and play fantastically!


  • Marlene Paulsen Says:

    Hi Ross and A-team

    On the eve of your competition, I’d like to wish you all the best and know that we are thinking of you. The long awaited moment has finally arrived, so shine and give a spellbound performance just like you did back home when you impressed fellow Cape Tonians at the Baxter. I am sure that it is going to be a memorable and exciting experience having already inter-acted with the international folk.
    Please keep us informed as to when it will be on Top-Billing, can’t wait!


  • Franklin Says:

    Hi Ross & Abantwana,

    We are really exited for you guys and follow the blog updates. Thank you for doing a great job with tghe crew Ross. All the best! Carryn, we are all proud of you and missing you…! Have fun.

    Momm,Dad. Ally, Matt and Brad

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